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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Reporting to the Minister for Health, the Taskforce consists of a cross-section of private and public practitioners, academics and consumer representatives, Via the Taskforce, clinical committees and working groups are required to make recommendations as to whether MBS items are obsolete and should be removed, as well as identify any services that require priority reviews, develop a program considering ...

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Doctor suspended for forging signatures to patient consent forms

Over a period of 12 months, the practitioner caused 37 patient consent forms to be signed by a person other than that patient in respect of surgical operations, procedures or medical treatment. He then knowingly provided to the Alfred Health and/or to the Royal Women’s Hospital those forged consent forms, knowing that they would form part of the patients’ medical record of that hospital....

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Medical Board and AHPRA adopt all recommendations of chaperone report

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) recently released the report Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. The review considered whether, and ...

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GP Suspended for Slapping a Child's Face during Consulation

The child and his mother had attended for an appointment so that the GP might try to help the child swallow his ADHD medication. The GP attempted to teach the child how to swallow the medication over a period of about 50 minutes. The child refused and fidgeted in his chair. At one stage, the GP placed his feet on the top of the child's feet in an attempt to keep him still. The child continued to refuse ...

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New WA Medicine and Poisons Regulations

A key aim of the regulations is to control the potential for the misuse of hard drugs by implementing a system to identify and regulate ‘doctor shopping’.   Health Minister John Day says the legislation “establishes the legal framework for the transfer of information about the prescribing and dispensing of controlled drugs such as morphine and dexamphetamine, through the use of real-time reporting systems....

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Top 10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling A Medical Practice

1. Not being ready. Selling a medical practice is a big decision. All the more reason why you should take the time and effort to thoroughly prepare for the sale, and have all documentation ready for the handover. Failing that there may be setbacks and obstacles that delay the transaction, which will inevitably cost money. It is important to work through these issues methodically and not rush into a sale....

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The duty of the court to self-represented litigants

In late 2008, the applicant noticed swelling on the left side of his face and neck extending along the jaw line to a point near the left ear. Following an ultrasound examination, the applicant was referred to hospital. He attended the hospital on 12 February 2009 and was examined by Mr Chan, an ENT surgeon. Fine needle aspiration of the lump was performed and a diagnosis made of “features suggest abscess”....

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Considering entering a medical practice lease? Here are some key things to consider.

What you should think about before entering into a medical centre lease Considering establishing a medical practice? An important step will be finding suitable premises from where to operate, which usually involves entering into a lease of a medical centre. Entering into a commercial lease is an integral part of setting up and operating a medical practice, and it is crucial you get this right both ...

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Doctor suspended for falsifying medical records

In a recent Tribunal decision, the Medical Board’s decision to take immediate action against a practitioner by suspending his registration was upheld because the Tribunal considered the practitioner’s dishonest and unethical conduct in falsifying medical records meant suspension was necessary to protect public health or safety. The practitioner had applied to the Tribunal to set aside the Medical Board’s decision....

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In the FWO’s line of fire: A warning to all medical practice owners/doctors

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has ordered that Windaroo Medical Surgery pay a pecuniary penalty of $39,600 for acting in contravention of sections 343 and 340 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).  The unlawful conduct included: making the following threats to coerce the doctor into not pursuing a complaint that he had made to the Fair Work Ombudsman against the surgery (Complaint); threatening ...

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